6 top tips to heal the relationship with your body

October 24, 2020

Ready to start your journey to heal your relationship with your body?

You might want to consider the tips below to make the journey easier and achieve long-lasting results.

First of all:

  • Start from a place of understanding and acceptance of your current situation.
  • Give yourself the time and space to befriend your feelings regarding your body.
  • Forgive yourself for treating your body in ways that were not too kind and respectful of its needs. 
  • Consider what your body has achieved so far, something that’s much more important than how it looks.

This attitude, I guarantee you, will bring many more fruits in the journey to heal your relationship with food and body. 

Beating yourself up and constantly judging, instead, is not going to help one bit.

Even if you don’t like your body as it is now, you can still cultivate habits that are kind and respectful toward it.

How? Try with these recommendations.

1. Stop body-checking

If you check out mirrors in your bedrooms, gyms, or shop windows, consider how you’re doing this out of the need to measure up to that ideal of the perfect body which is unrealistic and unattainable.

Consider the fact that most mirrors simply don’t give you an accurate picture of yourself. That picture, in fact, depends more on the stories about your body which are going on in your mind than on what’s actually reflected in that mirror.

 

2. Throw Out Old Clothes

(or even better give them to charity/friends)

Box up the clothes which remind you of dieting, those that no longer fit you or make you feel bad about yourself and your body.

Holding on to them perpetuates the idea that there’s something very wrong about your body and that you won’t be good until you can get back to them. I can assure you that it’s a very liberating thing to do. Try and then let me know how it feels!! 🙂

 

3. Wear Clothes that Fit Well and Feel Comfortable

If the clothes in your wardrobe don’t fit well and feel too tight, they should really go and make place for those that make you smile when you look at them.

Check your wardrobe today. It’s the change of season. No better time to have a look and get rid of those items that you know don’t fit anymore, are stained, you don’t like how they look on you.

Then ask yourself: How do I feel after restoring the joy in my wardrobe? 

4. Stop Stepping on the Scale Everyday

What truly counts is connecting back to your body and starting listening to it more intentionally. When you focus on the number on the scale as a measure of your body worth and your progress, you are completely disconnected from other more important aspects:

  • Eating foods that are satisfying and nourish your body.
  • Honor your hunger.
  • Listen to the signals of fullness.
  • Getting that nice feeling of wellbeing and energy from moving your body regularly.

5. Stop Body-Bashing and move your Focus Somewhere else

With the expression Body Bashing I refer to the negative talk we give ourselves about our body. Those nasty comments and thoughts when taking a shower for example, or when getting dressed in front of the mirror.

When you catch yourself giving a hard time to your body with harsh judgment try stopping for a minute and noticing this is happening. Then move your attention to what you see or hear around you instead of keeping the focus on your body.

6. Develop Gratitude for Your Unique Body

Identify the ways in which your body has supported you along the years.

What can you be grateful to your body for?

Write down your own list.

I created this one for myself a while ago.

👣My body brings me to the places I love the most.

❤️ My body allows me to hug the people I love the most.

🎹My body allows me to dance, sing a song, jump and laugh.

😃My body has overcome illness, heartbreak and healing from injuries.

🌬My body is there for me all the time, in happy moments and in painful moments, with each breath that I take.

 

Think about the miracle your body is!

It’s more than just the container for food.

The more you are grateful for your body, the more you love it.

The more you accept your body, the more you will want to take care of it!

Have a great mindful day!🌷

Dona

PS: There is lot you can do to heal your relationship with food and body.

I’m here to help.

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Written by Donatella Porceddu

I am a registered psychologist and life coach specialised in binge and emotional eating, body kindness, and mindful eating. I empower women to become the best version of themselves through my comprehensive approach, which combines personal coaching and psychology, leveraging my client’s strengths and building around their opportunities.

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